Scooting is an anal sac disease and among it’s causes are parasites. Let’s take a closer look at what scooting is. With the hind limbs in an extended state, it is the dragging of anus. When in the anus regions there are parasites causing irritation, in animals like dogs it leads to such type of actions.
Everyone should however be aware that the cause of scooting in the case of dogs is not caused by the parasite alone. Very often it will happen that without any parasite based etiological agent present, the dog may still have the scooting. As an example, injuries near the anal region, tumors at the anus and anal gland infections may also lead to affected dogs dealing with such type of dragging of anus regions.
Very often, irritation at the anus region may be caused by flea bite allergy and the animal may seek to bite the anus region. This will then bring on irritations that will culminate with the anus region dragging on the ground. The condition caused by tapeworms in dogs is known as cestodiasis.
If the animal is not treated in time in these instances, they may be seen exhibiting scooting activities. Crawling like activities near the anus are created by tapeworm segments passed in the stool.
Severe itching at these regions is caused by such crawling activities of the tapeworm segments. What follows is the animal seeking relief from this consistent irritation by first pressing the anus region on the ground and then dragging it with the rear limbs extended.
When the fecal sample is examined under the microscope, usually there will be a packet of eggs. However, very often there will a breakage of these packets caused by the flotation technique, making proper diagnosis very difficult. To rule out tapeworm segments, scooting dogs have to be examined. The taping segments appear to be like rice like pieces.
When taken from the body, these segments which are white in color will turn yellow. And in the motion or near anus below the tail regions, tapeworms themselves may be seen. For specific cured for this, you should consult your veterinarian, and if they are N/A for a time, perhaps seek another opinion.